OPINION: Progress on way - now give us Moor

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It is all too easy to be negative about Sheffield city centre.

Last week’s announcement that Meadowhall was to get a £50 million revamp led to inevitable comparisons.

The £5m recently secured for the city centre through an agreed business improvement district seemed dwarfed by such an investment.

The long-awaited, much delayed retail quarter dream has been changed but there has not been an update on the project since before Christmas.

And things are not perfect on The Moor.

Market traders would like more footfall and some shoppers are less than impressed with the first new units to open nearby.

But at least tangible change can be seen. Cranes are set to arrive on site soon to start building the next stage – including shops, a cinema and restaurants.

It is refreshing also that Ranald Phillips, development manager, is candid about the fact that Sheffield has virtually no aspirational brands bar John Lewis.

This is ‘unique’ – not in a good way – for a major city in this country.

There is no point hiding facts like these from the general public.

The key thing now is to do something about it.

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